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Law and Development Review

Editor-in-Chief: Lee, Y.S.

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    Aims and Scope

    Law and Development Review (LDR) is a top peer-reviewed journal in the field of law and development which explores the impact of law, legal frameworks, and institutions (LFIs) on development. LDR is distinguished from other law and economics journals in that its primary focus is the development aspects of international and domestic legal orders.

    The journal promotes global exchanges of views on law and development issues. LDR facilitates future global negotiations concerning the economic development of developing countries and sets out future directions for law and development studies. Many of the top scholars and practitioners in the field, including Professors David Trubek, Bhupinder Chimni, Michael Trebilcock, and Mitsuo Matsushita, have edited LDR issues and published articles in LDR.

    The journal seeks top-quality articles on law and development issues broadly, from the developing world as well as from the developed world. The changing economic conditions in recent decades render the law and development approach applicable to economic issues in developed countries as well as developing ones, and LDR accepts manuscripts on law and economic development issues concerning both categories of countries. LDR’s editorial board includes top scholars and professionals with diverse regional and academic backgrounds.

    The LDR is sponsored by the Law and Development Institute. For more information please visit the Institute's website.

    The Editor of the LDR, Prof. Y.S. Lee, published a treatise on law and development entitled, “Law and Development: Theory and Practice”. Please follow the link for more information: https://www.routledge.com/Law-and-Development-Theory-and-Practice/Lee/p/book/9781138556690. For a paperback version of Professor Lee’s seminal book, “Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System”, see https://www.cambridge.org/US/academic/subjects/law/international-trade-law/reclaiming-development-world-trading-system-2nd-edition?format=PB

    The Law and Development Institute is currently inviting paper abstracts for the 2019 Law and Development Conference. The call for papers is available online: http://www.lawanddevelopment.net/2019_call_for_papers.pdf


    • Law and development
    • Developing and developed countries
    • International and domestic legal orders
    • Economic and social development

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    Type of Publication:

    Scholars, policy makers, practitioners, students interested in law and development broadly

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Online Submission of Manuscripts

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    Submission process
    Submit your paper via our Online Submission Tool according to LDR Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
    • Peer review process
    • Timely decision on your paper
    • Technical or editorial assistance will be provided on request

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    • All submissions to the LDR should be in English and of the quality expected in a scholarly English-language journal
    • Footnotes should follow Bluenote formatting. For an Endnote template, please follow this address: http://endnote.com/downloads/style/bluebook-law-review
    • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
    • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
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    Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

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    Editorial Information

    Yong-Shik Lee, The Law and Development Institute

    Editorial Board Members
    William Alford, Harvard Law School
    Douglas Arner, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
    Tomer Broude, Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
    Won-Mok Choi, College of Law, Ewha Womans University, Korea
    Robert Cooter, University of California at Berkeley School of Law
    Diogo Coutinho, University of São Paulo
    Philipp Dan, Humboldt University Faculty of Law
    Simon Deakin, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law
    Melaku Desta, University of Dundee, U.K.
    Salim Farrar, University of Sydney Law School
    James Gathii, Albany Law School
    Gary Horlick, former head of U.S. Department of Commerce Import Administration
    David Kennedy, European Law Research Center, Harvard Law School
    Andrew Lang, School of Law, London School of Economics
    Chang Hee Lee, School of Law, Seoul National University
    Jai S. Mah, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Korea
    Mitsuo Matsushita, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, and former member of the WTO Appellate Body
    Petros Mavroidis, Columbia Law School, University of Neuchatel, and CEPR
    Bryan Mercurio, Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Law
    Junji Nakagawa, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
    Andreas Neef, University of Auckland, Development Studies
    Colin Picker, University of New South Wales Faculty of Law
    Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, International Development Group
    Dani Rodrik, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    Susan Rose-Ackerman, Law School and Department of Political Science, Yale University
    Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center
    Alan O. Sykes, Stanford Law School
    Yasuhei Taniguchi, Kyoto University, and former member of the WTO Appellate Body
    Veronica Taylor, University of Washington School of Law
    Joel Trachtman, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
    Michael Trebilcock, University of Toronto Law School
    Edwin Vermulst, Partner, Vermulst, Verhaegue, and Graafsma and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Trade
    Jiangyu Wang, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
    Klaus Ziegert, University of Sydney Law School

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